Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.
Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.
A sparkling novel about the complexities of female friendship, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.
I picked up my ARC of Big Summer after seeing some good reviews of it on bookstagram. The cover screamed summer read so I dove right into it hoping for a fun read. It was not what I expected at all but it was still an enjoyable read.
The main character, Daphne is an Instagram influencer, and dealing with a rift between her and her friend, Drue. I loved the main character’s point of view and how the author spoke about body acceptance and self-loathing and learning to accept yourself, it was something I connected a lot with.
I enjoyed the first part of the novel but when the story changes directions/genres I lost interest in it. I was hoping for a romance/summer read and did not get that. I found the last half of the story a bit too predictable.
I will be checking out more from Jennifer Weiner in the future. I liked the way she crafted her characters and her writing style.
3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars